Trooper hit by reckless driver

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  • Lyle Springville, UT
    Jan. 14, 2011 12:18 p.m.

    Last night I encountered a pickup that had swerved and smacked into the barrier at the right side of the road, down here in Provo in the construction where there is no shoulder. I stopped to see if the driver was OK, and had to hang on to his pickup as the road surface was incredibly slippery. That was probably why the driver lost control: no traction. However, once his pickup was sprawled across the road, and a couple of vehicles were also stopped, emergency flashers blinking away, that should have caused people to slow down and be more careful. But there were still people driving too fast, narrowly missing the pickup and the emergency response people, spinning their wheels our of impatience or stupidity, and in general being unsafe. I would call the pickup hitting the wall just an accident, and any subsequent accidents at the scene the result of reckless driving.

  • Clem Salt Lake City, Utah
    Jan. 14, 2011 11:42 a.m.

    The rollover was "just an accident" The second car hit an officer so he is a "reckless driver"

    I don't get it. If the second car was reckless why wasn't everyone who had an accident that day "reckless"?

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Jan. 14, 2011 10:47 a.m.

    I-15 is 65 mph for a dry, sunny condition.

    I get lights flashed, horns honked, dangerously close cut-offs and the "bird" regularly for obeying the law and driving the speed limit.

    I agree with
    one old man | 9:07 a.m. Jan. 14, 2011
    about Wisconsin.

    Double the fines,
    and use a progressive sentance for repeat offenders.

    Same thing workded in Seattle.

    6 times the numbers of drivers,
    1/2 the same number of accidents as here.

  • Eric Christensen Anaheim, CA
    Jan. 14, 2011 10:38 a.m.

    The policy of the Calif. Highway Patrol is to have officers who respond to collision scenes in inclement weather stop their patrol car past the scene and have all parties involved meet him there. This is a safer location for everyone involved. This policy worked very well for me in my career.

  • Moracle Blackshear, GA
    Jan. 14, 2011 10:32 a.m.

    I have the highest apreciation, love, and respect for our law officers -- who are willig to put their lives on the line to keep us safe, help those in trouble, and maintain law and order in our society,
    knowing that they may have to take someone's life in a split-second decision (as to whether they should shoot or not), only to be taken to court, having to defend their decision to shoot. In some cases, it must seem to them to be a thankless situation -- risking their lives to protect others, only to be taken to court for doing so.

    True, there may be a few who step over the line, but for the most part, We owe them a great debt of gratitude and respect.

    I pray God will bless and protect them as they go about their dangerous and sometimes thankless but vitally important duties and service to the rest of us.

  • NeilT Clearfield, UT
    Jan. 14, 2011 9:44 a.m.

    Agree with above. Utah drivers are rude, reckless, and cause way to many accidents. To bad our conservative legislator won't touch the issue. They are to busy making sure that everyone carries a gun, regardless of where they live or how qualified they are. What next gun permits from vending machines, Back to driving, not enough UHP troopers on the road. We need to hire more. No chance of that either.

  • LivinLarge Bountiful, UT
    Jan. 14, 2011 9:39 a.m.

    Law enforcement officers and emergency responders (including tow truck drivers) put it on the line every day. Thanks for your service!

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Jan. 14, 2011 9:07 a.m.

    A couple of summers ago I traveled to Wisconsin and noticed how much better the drivers behaved there. I asked a local about it and he explained that the state more than doubled fines for traffic offenses a few years earlier. And they enforce the fines. No suspensions.

    Run a red light = something like $500 minimum. Speed in a construction zone = $800. Follow too close = $250 and so on. Second offenses double the fine.

    He said that as soon as Badger state folks realized the state was serious, accidents dropped way off. So did insurance premiums. He said that when he has to drive out of state, he feels like he's on a suicide mission.

    Maybe Utah could learn something.